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Integration problem

  1. Feb 11, 2009 #1
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    My calculator tells me that the answer should be -sqrt(1-x^2) but if I pick u = sqrt(1-x^2), then dx = (sqrt(1-x^2)*du)/x, which leaves me with -integral((sqrt(1-x^2)/u)du), the problem I am having is getting rid of the "ln(u)" in my final answer, any suggestions?
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  3. Feb 11, 2009 #2


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    If u^2=1-x^2
    2u du =-2x dx => - u du = x dx

    Now you'd just get

    [tex]\frac{-u}{u} du[/tex]
  4. Feb 11, 2009 #3
    ok got it, thank you
  5. Feb 11, 2009 #4


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    Another substitution that works is u = 1 - x^2, du = -2xdx.
    The integrand then becomes -(1/2)du/u^(1/2), which is also an easy one to integrate.
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